Jessica  Nutik Zitter, M.D.

Jessica Nutik Zitter, M.D.

Jessica Nutik Zitter, M.D. is board certified in both Critical Care and Palliative Care medicine. Despite being trained at top medical centers, she was shocked at how ill-prepared she was to help patients die well, propelling her to enter the world of palliative care medicine before it became an official subspecialty. She has been published in the New York Times, The Atlantic, The Huffington Post, The San Francisco Chronicle, Journal of the American Medical Association, the Journal of Palliative Medicine, and the Journal of Participatory Medicine. She completed an Internal Medicine residency at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston and a Pulmonary/Critical Care fellowship at the University of California, San Francisco. She co-founded Vital Decisions, assisting patients in end of life care decisions. She attends on the ICU and Palliative Care Medicine services at Highland Hospital in Oakland, California and is hard at work on her first book. Find her at